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Peppy Mix

Driving to the beach, I was looking around at my friend's CDs and saw one labeled "very peppy mix" and put it in. The songs were pretty peppy, but I wouldn't say very peppy. The telltale flaw is that it had the original version of "Brimful of Asha" even though the far peppier Fatboy Slim remix is well-known and widely available. If you want to say you prefer the un-remixed version, well, then you're wrong but I'll respect your opinion. Nevertheless, there's simply no case to be made for labeling something "very peppy" while avoiding peppier options. I think "Block Rockin' Beats" may be the peppiest song ever. Other suggestions?

June 2, 2006 | Permalink


"Thriftshoppin" by Pianosaurus.

Pianosaurus was NRBQ-ish (NRBQ being a sometimes quite peppy band), but they played only toy instruments that cost under 100 dollars (Except for the schoenhut toy piano, which cost over that and actually is used to perform some contempo classical toy piano music by John Cage, for instance).

Climax of their live show was the destruction of the Oscar the Grouch (e.g.) drumset.

Spectacular. The whole record "Groovy Neighborhood" is fun -- good poppy songwriting regardless of instrumentation. And extremely peppy.

Posted by: blatherskite | Jun 2, 2006 1:34:03 AM

"If She Wants Me" by Belle and Sebastian, perhaps?

Posted by: zw | Jun 2, 2006 1:54:47 AM

"Alternative Girl" by Reel Big Fish is about as peppy as you can get, even given the underlying angst layer.

Posted by: Rob | Jun 2, 2006 2:10:16 AM

"Do You Want To" by Franz Ferdinand. Not necessarily for the lyrics, but just the feel. Maybe "Feel Good Inc.," by the Gorillaz. ... hmmm ... maybe "66" by the Afghan Whigs.

My definition of "peppy" may need some fine-tuning here, btw.

Sorry, nothing more indie, but I'm pretty mainstream when it comes to music. If I know anything less mainstream, it's thanks to Chad Orzel.

Posted by: Kurt Montandon | Jun 2, 2006 2:22:13 AM

"Peppy" is a word that I associate with pretty negative connotations in both music and people, so I'm not entirely sure what to suggest.

But given that you were going to the beach, and searching for a District connection, I'll offer up the legendary 80's DC band The Slickee Boys, and their semi-famous peppy song When I go to the Beach - free mp3 download from the WaPo. (Why the WaPo is offering free downloads of Slickee Boys songs is a question above my pay grade.)

I'm not saying the song is good, but it sure is peppy.


If we're defining "peppy" a bit more generously as something high energy in a good way, the lone Hardknox album is the peppiest thing ever recorded in the history of popular music.

Posted by: Petey | Jun 2, 2006 3:21:19 AM

Upon further consideration, I'll offer Dan Bern's Tiger Woods - free mp3 download as the peppiest song ever, although it's not really all that peppy...

Posted by: Petey | Jun 2, 2006 4:14:32 AM

Matt: I think you're confusion "very peppy" with "most peppy." Perhaps his "Most Peppy Mix" or "Peppiest Mix" CD was elsewhere?

Posted by: James Joyner | Jun 2, 2006 6:02:59 AM

"echoes" by floyd

Posted by: casey | Jun 2, 2006 8:42:52 AM

I'm struggling to come up with a good definition of "peppy" for which "Block Rockin' Beats" is the pinnacle. I would suggest instead "Crazy = Cute" by Zolof the Rock & Roll Destroyer.

Posted by: Aaron S. Veenstra | Jun 2, 2006 9:37:39 AM

"I'm struggling to come up with a good definition of "peppy" for which "Block Rockin' Beats" is the pinnacle."

Adj. Full of pep.

Posted by: Petey | Jun 2, 2006 10:14:20 AM

808 State

Posted by: Al | Jun 2, 2006 10:29:43 AM

Ready, Steady, Go by Paul Oakenfeld is a song that seems to have been made to be used in movie and commercial soundtracks explicitly for when the director is looking for something "peppy".

Posted by: Corey | Jun 2, 2006 10:30:53 AM

BTW, I assume this post isn't a typo for "very preppy mix". Because that would be bad.

Posted by: Al | Jun 2, 2006 10:31:44 AM

"Take California" by the Propellerheads, as well as anything off of DJ Touche/The Wiseguys album such as "Start the Commotion" "Ooh La La", etc.

Posted by: Nicholas Beaudrot | Jun 2, 2006 10:42:03 AM

Lo-Fi-Fnk's Change Channel is about as peppy as peppy gets.

Posted by: Jeff | Jun 2, 2006 10:45:43 AM

apples in stereo - go

Posted by: Texan | Jun 2, 2006 12:10:12 PM

The "block rockin' beats" kind of peppy is far out-peppied by fatboy slim's "gangsta trippin'," which is possibly the best dumb-electronic-dance song of all time.

As for sheer pep, you can't beat mates of state.

Posted by: David Roberts | Jun 2, 2006 12:44:20 PM

Quite honestly, I don't know most of the references, but when it comes to peppy, I think the unchallenged kings are The Ramones. I'd also mention Rancid's "Time Bomb".

Posted by: Devin McCullen | Jun 2, 2006 3:56:14 PM

"Huddle Formation" by The Go! Team.

Posted by: Iron Lungfish | Jun 2, 2006 6:02:44 PM

the real question is, since the word "pep" makes me think of hyper-caffeinated pre-tween girls who make me want to punch them in the face, why would anyone want to own, make or play a mix of any degree of peppiness?

Posted by: flippantangel | Jun 2, 2006 7:57:04 PM

Believe by the Chemical Brothers does me one better. Find myself singing to the siren in my car.

Posted by: B | Jun 2, 2006 8:19:02 PM

good point flippantangel

Posted by: B | Jun 2, 2006 8:21:43 PM

Flippantangel is dead on. "Peppy" means cheerleader music - "Oh Mickey you're so fine!" or maybe Sheena Easton. Generally something to avoid.

Posted by: Vanya | Jun 2, 2006 9:29:10 PM

"Supreme Nothing" by Tiger Trap. The pep will kill you dead. (And it's a good song, to boot.)

Posted by: Steve | Jun 2, 2006 10:36:27 PM

Here's some of the stuff on my chewing gum sized ipod. I haven't bought much in the last couple years.

Les Claypool and the Holy Mackerel : Carolina Rig, Precipitation
Les Claypool's frog brigade: Whamola
Primus: DMV, Mary the ice cube
Beck: Motherfucker
Fabolous: Young'n
Fam-Lay: Rock n Roll
Sonic Youth: 100%
!!!: Hello? is this thing on?
Ice Cube: Bop Gun
The Darkness: Stuck in a Rut, Get your hands off of my woman
Busta Rhymes: Light your ass on fire
Chemical Brothers: Believe, Fuck up Beats

Posted by: B | Jun 3, 2006 12:23:12 AM

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